BBC Pays Top Male Star Five Times More Than Top Woman

Britain’s BBC revealed a yawning gap between the pay of its top male and female stars on Wednesday when the national broadcaster named its highest earners for the first time.

The 95-year-old corporation said Chris Evans, the radio and TV presenter who hosted Top Gear for one series, was top of the list, taking home up to 2.25 million pounds ($3.3 million) in 2016/17.

In contrast, the highest paid woman was entertainment presenter Claudia Winkleman, who earned less than half a million pounds for her work on Strictly Come Dancing and other shows.

The BBC has come under pressure for years to say how much it pays its highest earners and the obligation to name them was part of its latest 10-year funding settlement with the government.

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